LHH Mock Draft: With the first pick in the 2011 NHL draft the Edmonton Oilers select:

From the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

For the second straight season Edmonton finds itself picking first. Last year they found themselves picking between two players that had truly differentiated themselves from the pack and they went with Taylor Hall. Hall is a flashy LWer who should be a star in this league for many years. His 42 points this season had him in Calder consideration until an injury ended his season early.

The year before the Oil found itself picking number 10. With that pick they selected LW Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson. A trade down in 2008 saw Edmonton pick Center Jordan Eberle at 22nd (Though he has been playing RW in the NHL). They picked D Alex Plante & C Riley Nash in 2007.

So for the most part the Oilers have been selecting forwards with their 1st round picks. Riley Nash was traded to Carolina's system and Plante has only seen 7 NHL games and hasn't lived up to his potential yet. Prospect-wise the "Oilers are deep": They have a couple of good bigger D men topping their list with a good group of wingers also waiting to step up.

There has been discussion among the fan base at Copper & Blue of drafting Adam Larsson, but in the end the organization's need for a play making center for Taylor Hall won out. The Oilers are proud to add this talented center to our core of excellent young wingers.

The line on Nugent-Hopkins: Born Apr 12 1993 in Burnaby, BC Height 6.00 -- Weight 155 -- Shoots L He was 31-75-106 in 69 regular season games and 4-7-11 in 9 post season games. He has excellent hockey sense and an ability to make his linemates better. This fits perfectly with a future star like Hall. The kid has been said to have near Gretzky hands and vision. He's by no means a slam dunk like the previous 1st overalls but he is likely the best player on the board and certainly fills a need.

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